Chairman’s Message

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  • Prof. Patrus Ng

I took up the chairmanship of the Executive Committee last year, feeling the upcoming challenges. Dr. WS YEUNG, my predecessor, and all the past chairpersons have laid a great foundation for the Fellowship’s continuous development through their progressive leadership over the years. Given their excellent contributions, it would not be an easy task to bring further novel development. I do sincerely thank all the ex-chairpersons for their great effort, in particular to Dr. WS YEUNG for his devotion over the last two decades, leading the Fellowship through various multi-dimensional and creative developments.

Last year saw the Fellowship taking “Walk with Recovery “as the theme, to continually support people in recovery (PIR), and to take new service approaches addressing service users’ need.


Continual development of new services

JUSTONE mental health support service was funded by Drs Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Charitable Foundation for a period of two year, providing 24 hours support, to continue its ambit of safety net in community to fill service gaps. RFCN is funded by the same grant to develop a mutual help network among PIR, through linking them to enhance their personal strength, and subsequently to help them form a self-help organization.

The two ICCMWs (i.e. ALOHA) have taken new attempts for intervention. ALOHA(WTS) and ALOHA(Eastern) has used music therapy and board game respectively for helping service users in improving problem solving ability and communication skill. In the coming year, the Fellowship will deploy Photovoice means in group intervention, not only in mobilizing PIR for advocacy, but also for helping community members to more understanding and in turn de-stigmatization towards PIR.


Further development of mainland services

Our mental health services in mainland had substantial development. Richmond China Enrichment project received funding from Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation since September 2013. In September 2015, the Foundation had generously extended the support for another two years. The Guangzhou Richmond Mental Health Social Work Resource Centre has been assigned to supervise and assess the performance of all ICCMW at Guangzhou. Enping Likang Social Service Centre was established in 2015 using social work approaches to provide supportive social services to the Enping community.


Way forward for excellence

To ensure the Fellowship’s continual stable development, Executive Committee has established a Three-year strategic development plan in collaboration with the Director, anchoring clear directions for service development, management and human resources, establishment of new resources for services, and retaining of talents for nurturing successors.


Concluding remarks

In the last year, the Fellowship’s substantial development hinged on the support and participation from government officials, funding bodies, business partners, volunteers, family caregivers and service users. I am also grateful for contributions and efforts from all staff in the service team to cater with different service and social need, in compliance with the implementation of the Three-year strategic plan. Let’s look forward for joining hands to walk with people in recovery.


Prof. Ng Yat Nam, Petrus